Kyuquot Aquaculture OVERVIEWThe Vancouver Island Summary Land Use Plan identified the following aquaculture use and potential in the Nootka region:
- there is a high aquaculture capability in lower Kashutl Inlet, on the north side of Moketas Island, in the channel between Union and Hohoae Island, and in Chamiss and Diesel Bay
Kyuquot Finfish Aquaculture Opportunity Map (March 2002) PDF
The Aquaculture Opportunity Study process is led by the Ministries of Sustainable Resource Management, Land and Water British Columbia Inc., Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and Water, Land and Air Protection with input from the federal Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada.
Maps are developed that identify areas which have the capability to accommodate salmon aquaculture and meet government's siting criteria for salmon farms. Such criteria incorporate required buffering from other farms, salmon streams, shellfish beds, and other resource values.
The Nootka-Kyuquot Shellfish Aquaculture Committee provides community input to Land and Water British Columbia Inc. in their shellfish tenure application process for Nootka Sound, Kyuquot Sound and Esperanza Inlet, with the exception of the Nuchatlaht First Nation Ha’houlthee (traditional territory). Protected areas are not available for shellfish aquaculture development. The community application is used, in addition to the Provincial application process, to adjudicate tenure applications and provide recommendations to LWBC on which tenures should be granted.